The Cavs have acquired Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio.
The Cavaliers have started off the 2021 NBA Draft day extravaganza with a major trade. The Cavaliers have sent forward Taurean Prince, a 2022 second-round pick, and cash over to the Minnesota Timberwolves for point guard Ricky Rubio; mere hours before the start of the 2021 NBA Draft.
Rubio resolves a big need for a second ball-handler and distributer when Darius Garland was off the floor. Either in the event of injury or strictly as a breather, Rubio can now provide depth and relief at the point guard position for the Cavs. The second-round pick won’t bemissed, and honestly, the Cavaliers didn’t give up much in return.
Prince did very little for Cleveland and didn’t really create much of an impact. The hope is that he’ll be able to provide floor spacing with the Timberwolves but they may also just want him for his expiring contract.
The Cavs made a good move getting Ricky Rubio
The trade came across the wire just hours before the draft from various outlets, specifying that Rubio was indeed coming to Cleveland. The 31-year-old point guard is an 11 point, seven-plus assist guy career per game. He’s going to provide a huge boost to the team’s offense and defense.
He’s routinely a plus player on both sides of the court and will make an instant impact for the Cavaliers struggling second line. The added benefit, if Garland does struggle or fails to improve, Rubio could be used as a starting guard and not lose any of his benefits.
There are no negatives to this trade, especially since he is in the last year of his deal as well. The Timberwolves may have saved a few bucks here or there, but the Cavs got a player who better fits what they need.
Note: Article was edited to reflect proper trade